TELLURIDE – In its short three-year history, Telluride Gymnastics has catapulted a young generation of local athletes into new heights through a sport that had all but disappeared from the local athletics scene. Now that the maturing program has given a new crop of budding gymnasts their wings, Telluride Gymnastics owners Andrew and Teresa Brachle are giving them more room to fly with the opening of the new Telluride Gymnastics and CrossFit Gym in Lawson Hill.
The 3,000-square-foot space, originally an industrial warehouse, now boasts all the kit for high-flying gymnasts, from a 1,600-spring tumbling floor to uneven bars to a regulation-size balance beam (all things the program wasn’t able to offer in its previous location at the Telluride Middle/High School Auxiliary Gym.) The new location is also home to Telluride CrossFit, a high intensity workout program.
Husband-wife duo says the expansive new space has offered the popular Telluride Gymnastics program just what it has been needing: More space. Prior to its move last September, Telluride Gymnastics’ 95 students trained in the TM/HS Auxiliary Gym, sharing space with the climbing wall and other school events and programs. Students in the competitive gymnastics levels were beginning to find it difficult to maintain the high-level training regiment they needed to compete with other regional gymnasts, who trained in dedicated gymnastics facilities outfitted with regulation-size spring tumbling floors, uneven bars, and balance beams.
“As some of the kids got more competitive, it became clear that they needed more experience than what we could offer in the auxiliary gym,” Teresa says.
In addition to offering Telluride’s Level 4 and 5 gymnasts the space and equipment they need for competition training, the new facility has also allowed Telluride Gymnastics to train even more local tumblers, from preschoolers to adults. Thanks to the extra-large space, three different gymnastics classes can take place at the same time. Enrollment at Telluride Gymnastics has jumped to 130, with participants ranging in age from 18 months to teenagers and adults.
Another, more unpredicted advantage of the massive new facility is that it has brought an innovative new workout program to Telluride’s fitness training scene. CrossFit has emerged on the national fitness scene as an intense but fundamentally straightforward training regiment, used prominently in police academy and military fitness training programs. Andrew describes it as a three-domain fitness regiment, consisting of gymnastics (rings,) Olympic weight lifting, and high-intensity cardio (sprinting.) The athletic couple started a CrossFit program in a friend’s basement a year ago, then began visiting the CrossFit gym that recently opened in Ouray. When they found the Lawson Hill warehouse and began planning the opening of the expanded Telluride Gymnastics program, CrossFit emerged as yet another way to take full advantage of the vast new space. CrossFit classes are held on the open-air second floor of the spacious gymnasium.
CrossFit’s quick and encompassing popularity among Telluride’s hard-charging athletic population pleasantly surprised the couple. They now offer three CrossFit classes per day, and there is a waiting list for new CrossFit participants (new CrossFit participants must enroll in a three-session orientation prior to joining the gym’s regular CrossFit classes.)
“We didn’t know how much it would grow, and how quickly,” Teresa says.
In addition to the daily CrossFit and gymnastics classes, Telluride Gymnastics also offers a monthly “Parent’s Night Out” as well as an Open Gymnastics hour. The gym is also available for birthday parties and other private events.
Base prices for basic gymnastics classes start at $70 for a four-week session, while rates for the CrossFit program are $125/month and include unlimited classes (the orientation program for new enrollees costs $165 for the first month.)
“Our goal was to make it so that more people can come and check out this great new space – we didn’t want it to be so expensive that people couldn’t come try it out,” Teresa says of both the gymnastics and CrossFit classes at the new Telluride Gymnastics facility.
For more information or to enroll, call 970/728-4622.